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Shaqiri relishes Bayern move

10 February 2012 16:53

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri is delighted he will be playing for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich next season.

The Basel star had long been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena, and Bayern announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement with Shaqiri on a contract until the summer of 2016.

"It's not a normal move for someone to leave the (Swiss) Super League for such a big club," Shakiri told TZ.

"I am determined to prove my worth at Bayern and I'm ready for the competition for places."

"Half of Europe seemed to be interested in signing me, and a lot of things have happened in the past two to three years."

"A lot has been written about a potential transfer and I'm very happy that I have signed for Bayern."

The 20-year-old will stay with Basel until the end of the season before moving to Munich in the summer transfer window for an undisclosed fee.

"We are very pleased that we have managed to sign one of the most sought after youngsters around in Europe in Xherdan Shaqiri," said Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes was equally excited about the Swiss player's signing.

"Xherdan will strengthen our team next season with his intelligence and his dribbling skills," he said.

"I have been watching him for a while now and am convinced that he can become an important player for FC Bayern."

Shaqiri is a product of the Basel youth academy, and had developed into a key player at the Swiss outfit since making his official debut in July 2009.

The winger will get the chance to play against his new team when both sides meet in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on February 22.

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